Hey Guys this is my frist post on what appears to be a great forum. Good to be here. Let the inner cow loose!
Okay- I need to export a video file from After Effects for my broadcaster and After Effects CS5 only seems to want to give me a .M2V file extension. I'd like to be able to export .mpg without having to import/export in another program.
[Chris Jaycox]"I'd like to be able to export .mpg without having to import/export in another program."
Well, you can forget about that!
Not only does AE do a very poor-quality job of rendering to a long-gop codec like mpeg -- no multipass capabilities, you see -- it may not even be capable of making an mpeg 2 file suitable for the client's specs.
I STRONGLY recommend that you render using the AE Render Queue -- don't export -- in the highest-quality codec possible, either lossless or uncompressed.
You had better double-check with "your broadcaster" on delivery specifications RIGHT NOW, paying extremely close detail to the bitrate they require. You may discover that you'll need to get a piece of specialized transcoding software like Telestream's Episode Pro to do a conversion that will meet specs.
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